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On 09/09/2013 02:49 PM, Kracked_P_P---webmaster wrote:
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I am a font person, and do not use the Libertine and Biolinium fonts
often.  But I agree with your statement that each version of LO is
displaying and printing better than the last one, some some people.  The
"graphics" engine that renders the fonts is improving.

I too use LO for both my Linux and Windows systems.  I have not
installed any non-trial version of MSO since MSO2003.

As a font person, I use a lot of "specialty fonts" over the years.  So
the better the package works with fonts, the better it is for me.  I use
to have to take some fonts and change them to JPG files just to use them
in document.  Now that is almost a thing of the past, depending how
complex the font actually is.

As for not using those two font "families", well, I have over 14 GB of
fonts in my font collection and I try to stay below 400 installed fonts
at any time.  We are talking about 40 font files for the two, if you
included all of different "styles".  So I am not installing most of them
right now.

While I love playing with fonts, I'm mostly interested in good book style fonts, time-proven classics like Garamond, Goudy Old Style, or Century Schoolbook. While Times New Roman is the most ubiquitous, at least in the Windows world, it's condensed nature doesn't lend itself to long-term comfortable reading. That said, Robert Bringhurst, in his book, The Elements of Typographic Style, says it's better to use a font like Times if you have all the expert effects, than to use a better font without them.

This is where Linux Libertine G comes in. Although it is modeled after Times, it's not quite as condensed, so it works better for longer documents. But, with LO, one has access to all sorts of expert effects, making it a full featured typeface. While I might prefer a different font, I'd rather use Libertine to full effect than a less complete Garamond.

Another excellent free typeface is OFL Sorts Mill Goudy. It uses old style numbering by default. But, it lacks a boldface font.


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